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Webinar: The future for book exhibitions and their audiences

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29 October 2020
10:30 - 12:00

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29 October 2020
10:30 - 12:00

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Online event




The future for book exhibitions and their audiences

The CENL (Conference of European National Libraries) Network group, Books and Audiences, organises two webinars for professionals working with book and literature exhibitions and collections. During the webinars participants will be invited to share their experiences and discuss the challenges and opportunities in engaging book-centred collections and audiences, with a particular focus on creativity, adaptability and sustainability. The webinars will also reflect the fast-changing landscape of the COVID-19 crisis.

Both webinars will be facilitated by Dr Diana Walters, an experienced consultant and project manager in the fields of museology and cultural heritage.

The webinars are organized by the “Books and Audiences” network of the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL) and made possible thanks to funding from CENL.



29/10/20, 11:30AM (CET) –  The future for book exhibitions and their audiences

During this webinar findings of the survey, Book exhibitions and their audiences during COVID-19 (organized by Books and Audiences from 26 June to 15 August) will be presented and discussed. Book exhibition professionals from the Royal Danish Library and the British Library will give short talks on their own experiences during the Covid-19 confinement. Speakers and participants will discuss the possible lasting consequences and potential new approaches for book exhibitions in the future. Does the Covid crisis signify the end of the onsite exhibition interactives we have for years been striving to develop? Have any new findings emerged for making books as exhibition objects more attractive to visitors? How will digitally born book exhibitions evolve in a post-pandemic landscape? Come with your own questions and possible solutions to the webinar and, together, let us explore how the future of book exhibitions might look.

  • Participation is free of charge.
  • The number of places available: 40.
  • Participants will be registered on a first come, first served basis by 12:00 PM (CET) of October 27.
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Also check out the webinar “What to tell and how to tell it in a contemporary book exhibition?” (22/10/20)


Who’s invited?

The webinars welcome researchers, collection keepers, curators, designers, educators and other professionals whose daily work is focused on exhibitions and public engagement with documentary heritage, mainly various types of books.


The aim

The aim of the webinars is to learn about and co-create new, innovative ways of exhibition making, and to explore inventive, imaginative ways to connect books in museum and library collections with modern society in all its diversity and polyphony. Particular attention will be paid to the current global pandemic crisis, analysing how our sector has reacted and how we can use the resources and skills at our disposal to help our audiences overcome the crisis and its far-reaching consequences.


About the Books and Audiences Network Group

The CENL (Conference of European National Libraries) Books and Audiences Network group consists of libraries with permanent exhibitions dedicated to book publishing, including the National Library of Latvia, the Royal Library of Belgium (KBR), the National Library of Germany (Museum of Books and Writing), the British Library, the Royal Library of the Netherlands, the National Library of Estonia, Marsh`s Library (Ireland), independent publisher Lodret Vandret (Denmark) and the University of Leicester, as well as a community of practice, including book artists, librarians, archivists and heritage professionals.

The task of the “Books and Audiences” network is to provide a platform to ensure regular exchanges of experiences within the book exhibition sector, to maintain interdisciplinary exchanges, and to explore and develop the capacity of book exhibitions to form long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with a diverse breath and range of audiences.

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